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Marketon heads communications at WFB

Sarah Marketon has been hired by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation as its Director of Communications. She will be responsible for managing WFBF’s social media accounts, wfbf.com and video projects. She will also assist in writing, editing and designing content for state Farm Bureau publications and promotional materials.

Sarah Marketon

Marketon graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a BS in agricultural education - leadership and communications. She is a Minnesota Farm Bureau member and a past Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet contestant. Most recently she served at Wakefield Pork’s Human Resources and Recruitment Specialist.

Marketon began her duties with the Farm Bureau on February 6.


KELLER recognizes employee retirements

Dan Vanden Heuvel

KELLER, Inc., a Design/Build General Contractor with offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau announced the retirement of Dan Vanden Heuvel, John (Jack) Eiles and Dan Lensmire.

Vanden Heuvel has been an employee owner at Keller for 21 years. He has spent the majority of his career as a Foreman on one of our Carpentry crews.

Jack Eiles

Eiles has been an employee owner at Keller for 31 years. He has spent the majority of his career as a Foreman on one of our Building Erection crews. Lensmire has been an employee owner at Keller for 37 years. He has also spent the majority of his career as a Foreman on one of our Building Erection crews.

Dan Lensmire


Weiker named NAAB President

Jay Weiker has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) and its subsidiary Certified Semen Services, Inc. (CSS). Jay served as Vice-President for NAAB the previous two years and now has accepted the overall leadership role of President as of January 1, 2017. He will be based out of the new NAAB office in Madison, WI.

Jay will work closely with the NAAB and CSS Boards of Directors in leading the trade association. He will direct and supervise the NAAB staff in carrying out activities to promote and develop artificial insemination (AI) and the cattle breeding industry in the U.S.

Jay Weiker

Jay is a native of Ohio and was very active in 4-H and FFA in his early years. He received a B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and a M. B. A. from Purdue University. Throughout his career, Jay has served the cattle industry in marketing roles with World Wide Sires, Dekker North America and ABS Global. Prior to joining NAAB, Jay was based in Australia as the Business Director for ABS Asia. Jay joined the staff of NAAB in September 2014 and returned to the USA.


ADC completes leadership team

Two additional board members are now serving to round out the Board of Directors to represent producers from across the United States. These additional members join Board President John Jacobs, whose position was announced at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting this past December.

John Jacobs

As President of the American Dairy Coalition, John Jacobs feels the importance of member input in developing ADC’s policy positions cannot be understated. Jacobs currently is owner and manager of Green Valley Dairy, located in Northeastern Wisconsin. As a dairy producer, Jacobs understands the challenges our nation’s farmers experience firsthand. In the coming year, he is determined that farmers will have a voice on Capitol Hill.

Greg Jans, Partner of Co-Jo Dairy, will serve as board secretary. Jans operates a 1000 cow dairy operation in Minnesota and understands first hand the struggles today’s dairy farmers face and is excited to represent the first national dairy producer coalition to help build a fruitful future for the industry.

Walt Moore

Walt Moore, President and General Manager of Walmoor Holsteins, Inc., will serve as board treasurer. Moore operates a 860 dairy operation in Pennsylvania. His family farm has been in operation for over 108 years, representing 4 generations. In addition to his dairy, he produces corn for silage, grain, alfalfa, soybeans and triticale.

He employees several full time and part time workers and is committed to providing a comfortable standard of living for his employees while positively impacting our environment and local community. The struggles today’s dairy farmers face in growing their business is something Moore truly understands and is excited to represent the dairy farmers in the nation and represent their interests on Capitol Hill.


Lock joins Select Sires

Select Sires Inc. announced the addition of Stan Lock as beef business development manager. His responsibilities will include training and mentoring beef sales representatives to provide turnkey A.I. programs and reproductive and genetic consultation.

Lock will also develop and lead large-herd sales and service programs, provide expertise in stockmanship and facility design for low-stress cattle handling, represent Select Sires at beef industry events, identify research opportunities and provide sire acquisition and marketing input. Lock will be based from his home in Republic, Mo.

Stan Lock


Ryan Companies Hires Toby Veit

Ryan Companies US, Inc. hires Toby Veit as Director of Capital Markets in their Chicago office. Veit will be responsible for capitalizing Ryan projects and assets, developing and maintaining debt and equity relationships, sourcing and evaluating value-add acquisitions and structuring joint ventures.

Toby Veit

Veit will play a central role in executing the firm's capital markets requirements and opportunities in multiple Ryan offices.


Zinpro names Scofield as account manager

Zinpro Corporation announces that Jon Scofield has joined the company as account manager – Mountain West Region. Based in Billings, Montana, Scofield will provide key support to beef and dairy customers as well as develop new business opportunities for Zinpro in the Mountain West region encompassing Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.

Scofield has more than 15 years of industry and practical experience, including nearly 10 years of managing a feed sales territory.

Jon Scofield